May 24, 2012
Poll: Pre-Marital Sex More Acceptable than Pornography
Gallup finds our attitude toward sin is shifting. More evidence the church's influence is declining?
Birth control has reentered the public conversation since the Obama administration attempted to force non-church religious organizations to include the pill in employee health insurance plans. As a result, Gallup has included birth control in a new survey of American's attitudes about sin.
The findings show that 89 percent believe birth control is acceptable. Not surprising perhaps, but what may surprise you are where different behaviors rank on the acceptable-not acceptable scale. For example, Americans believe premarital sex is more acceptable than viewing pornography. (Does anyone else find that odd?) And medical testing on human embryos was seen as more morally acceptable than medical testing on animals.
Divorce and gambling, two things denounced by old time religion, now rank among the most acceptable behaviors on the list, and a majority (54 percent) now accept gay and lesbian relationships as morally acceptable.
What was deemed the least morally acceptable behavior? Extramarital affairs. While both divorce and pre-marital sex are seen as acceptable, it seems clear that most Americans still find cheating on a spouse to be a serious betrayal.
What does this mean for the church? Share your thoughts.